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Testing to Determine If Cold Medicines Are Safe for Kids

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration will be calling on outside experts to help determine if over-the-counter cold medicines are safe for use in young children.

The question arose when health officials in Baltimore raised an alarm that some 900 children under the age of five suffered symptoms of an overdose in one year.

The doctors urged the FDA to require warnings on cold medicine packaging that it shouldn't be used for children younger than six.

The FDA says, in October, it will convene a panel of experts who will be asked if existing data on the safety and effectiveness of cold medicines in adults can be applied to young children. T

he panelists will also discuss the risks of accidental overdose with cold medications in babies and toddlers.  

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